Match Number Six: Bayley (with Sasha Banks) versus Nia Jax (with Tamina Snuka)
Nia pushes Bayley and misses a forearm in the corner. Nia with a forearm and then Nia goes to the floor when Bayley moves. Bayley with forearms and she gives Nia a hip toss for a near fall. Bayley with punches and a flying forearm but she bounces off Nia. Bayley with forearms and Nia grabs Bayley by the throat and she sends Bayley to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Nia with a bear hug but Bayley goes for a sunset flip but Nia stays on her feet. Bayley avoids a seated splash. Bayley misses a knee drop and Nia misses an elbow drop. Bayley sends Nia face first into the mat. Nia with a running shoulder tackle and she punches Bayley. Nia biels Bayley across the ring. Nia with a cobra clutch. Bayley with elbows and escapes the hold. Nia is sent face first into the turnbuckles. Bayley with a running knee to send Nia to the floor. Bayley with a cutter in the ropes and connects with forearms. Bayley with a drop kick that sends Nia to the floor.
Bayley comes off the turnbuckles and Nia catches Bayley and runs her into the turnbuckles. Nia puts Bayley in the tree of woe and hits a splash on Bayley. Nia grabs Sasha and Bayley with a knee. Sasha avoids Tamina and Tamina goes into the ring steps. Bayley with an elbow off the turnbuckles for the three count.
The new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley make their way to the ring.
Bayley says she is feeling it, but it was an emotional night for both of them last night. Bayley says she cannot believe that they are here right now as your first ever WWE Tag Team Champions. Sasha says this is so crazy and it feels like a dream but this is real. They did this. It is so crazy to think how far they have come. From making history in NXT to making history here. They have done it together.
Bayley says they have done so much together. They have gone all over the world. They have hated each other and loved each other. Sasha says they have the same dream, vision, and goal. They are not afraid. They were born to do this. Bayley says it took them going to war with each other to realize that together they are changing the world. Sasha says they have put their hearts and souls into this division and they will face anyone, whether it is on Raw, Smackdown, or NXT. Bayley says the recognize and respect how much these titles mean to the entire Women’s Evolution. There is no stronger connection then the two of them.
Nia Jax’ music plays and she comes out with Tamina Snuka. Nia tells them to stop. Nobody wants to see this nauseating love fest going on. Congratulations on winning the titles. You are cute with your matching outfits, but she does not get it. Nia says she does not want to ruin Bayley’s celebration because this is the best you are going to get. Sasha only cares about Sasha. History shows that after winning a title, Sasha loses in her first defense.
Tamina says you got lucky last night. Tonight, that luck is about to run out.
Bayley and Sasha kick Tamina and Nia as they try to go to the ring. Tamina pulls Nia away when Sasha goes for the Banks Statement.
The Women’s Elimination Chamber match, crowning the first Tag Team Champions, will kick us off tonight.
Carmella and Naomi did Naomi’s usual entrance together.
There’s a fan sitting ringside dressed in full Consquistador attire. You gotta love it.
Sasha Banks and Bayley started out with Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose, who were being billed as Fire & Desire. They battled back and forth. Banks hit a bodypress to the outside on everyone. Just as Banks and Bayley gained control, The Riott Squad were released from their pod. They sent Banks into their pod, going after Banks’ shoulder.
The Squad faced off with Rose and Deville, then began brawling in the center of the ring. Liv Morgan dropped Deville with a hard right hand. Deville responded with a big kick toCarmelace and they both went down. Bayley returned to the scene, wiping everyone out with suplexes. The crowd in Houston loved it. No sign of Banks as they set up a Tower of Doom spot. Real entertaining stuff thus far.
The next team released from a pod are the IIconics. They tried to pin everyone but failed each time. The IIconics controlled the ring until Banks finally returned to save Bayley from a pinfall. The IIconics looked great as they worked over everyone.
Next out was Carmella and Naomi, so they are leaving Nia and Tamina for last to come out like monsters. Carmella hit a rana on Billie Kaye into the cage. Everyone battled. All sorts of big spots and near falls, way too much to recap. It ended up with everyone down and Naomi finally confronting Mandy in the middle of the ring. They battled. Naomi hit the Rear View on Mandy but was double-pinned by the IIonics and that was it for Naomi and Carmella. Five teams left.
Unfortunately for the IIconics, everyone surrounded them. They knew they were doomed so they tried to get everyone to align with them against Tamina and Nia, who were the last team released. Jax and Tamina destroyed everyone. The IIconics ran back into a pod and locked themselves in. Tamina and Nia forced themselves in, dragged them out by their hair and began flinging them into the cage. That was great! They killed the IIconics with double Samoan Drops and that was it for them, although the IIconics were great in their roles here.
The Riott Squad took out Nia and tried to pin Tamina but Nia broke it up. Deville and Mandy tried to take advantage but couldn’t score a pinfall. Banks and Bayley took control but once Nia and Tamina recovered to their feet, they wiped them out with clotheslines. The Riott Squad went to the top of a pod and hit stereo bodypresses down on everyone, which popped the live house. Nia chased Morgan to the top rope and hit her with a Samoan Drop off the ropes. Tamina hit the Superfly Splash on both Morgan and Logan, eliminating the Riott Squad. Then, there were three.
Nia charged Bayley, who sidestepped her, and Nia exploded into the pod, knocking her out. It looked spectacular as hell. Everyone focused on working on Tamina, four to one. They all dove on Tamina and scored the pin, eliminating the team.
It’s down to the same teams that started the Chamber. The crowd began chanting Yes! Great booking. Lots of near falls and saves at the last second. Rose climbed to the top of one of the pods. Banks and Bayley followed, putting them in the same scenario where Banks turned on Bayley last year.
Deville followed up but was kicked down by Bayley. Bayley came down but was driven into the pod’s support and was hurt. Banks checked on her but was attacked. Mandy smashed her bad shoulder into the post and then hit a Jay-Driller on Banks, who kicked up at the last second. Deville went to spear Banks but she moved and wiped out her own partner. Oops! Banks locked on the Bank Statement but the story was her injured shoulder made her too weak to lock it in. She used her foot to cinch the hold instead and Deville tapped!
Bayley and Sasha win!
If there was a team who deserved the belts first, this was it. This was a hell of a story and hell of a match. There was a lot of talk this was going to close the PPV tonight and given the quality of the match and the ride they took the audience on, it deserved to do so. It was rough in a few moments but everyone really played their roles well. Deville and Rose had one of their best showings to date in the company.
Banks and Sasha were both crying as the crowd chanted for them after the match during an interview. Banks said that if the fans only knew how hard they fought to be here as champions. Banks said they were here for a purpose and said there would be more changes to come. If those changes bring more matches like this, bring it on.
As first announced by five-time Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss during her Raw talk show “A Moment of Bliss,” the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions will be determined inside the dreaded Elimination Chamber at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The contest will feature three teams from Raw and three teams from SmackDown LIVE. Nia Jax & Tamina earned their way into the match with a victory over Bliss & Mickie James on Raw the night after the Royal Rumble event. Later that night, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan joined them in the contest by taking down Natalya & Dana Brooke.
The following night on SmackDown LIVE, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville became the first blue brand team to be officially accepted into the Elimination Chamber. Over the following weekend, The IIconics’ Billie Kay & Peyton Royce tweeted that they had also been accepted into the match.
Despite a pre-match ambush from Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross that sidelined Sasha Banks, Bayley almost single-handedly made sure that she and The Boss overcame their unhinged opponents to become the third and final Raw tandem to earn its way into the nightmarish structure, leaving just one SmackDown spot to be filled.
Prior to SmackDown the following night, Carmella & Naomi announced that they had been accepted as the final tag team to participate in the history-making championship bout.
Get your tickets for the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in Houston’s Toyota Center at www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com.
It was extremely fitting that the announcement was made by The Goddess of WWE, as Bliss won the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match in 2018, toppling five other Superstars and successfully defending the Raw Women’s Championship inside the career-altering combat zone that debuted in 2002.
This time around, Sasha Banks & Bayley and Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville will start the bout, while the remaining four duos remain enclosed in pods. At specified intervals, a pod will open at random, enabling a new team to enter the match. This will continue until all six pairs have joined the bout. If one member of a team gets eliminated at any time via pinfall or submission, both members of the team are eliminated and must leave the contest. The last tag team standing will be declared the winner and the first-ever Women’s Tag Teams Champions.
Who will make history? Find out at WWE Elimination Chamber, Sunday, Feb. 17, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on WWE Network!